It is unbelievable how much Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR) and Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15 HR) have owned Baltimore pitching this season.
Last night, Torres hit 2 HR, Sanchez one, and were joined by Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu as the Yanks (31-17) hit 5 HR in beating Baltimore 7-5.
With one out in the second, Brett Gardner hit the first of his 3 doubles on the night, and with two out, Estrada hit a 2-run HR (3). Cameron Maybin then walked and LeMahieu then hit his fourth HR of the season. 4-0 Yanks.
Torres made it 5-0 in the third with his eleventh HR of the season.
Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the third off of CC Sabathia.
Sanchez homered (15) in the top of the fourth to make it 6-1.
Baltimore got an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth (Torres’ error) to make it 6-2.
Torres hit his second HR of the game (12) in the top of the fifth to make it 7-2.
Then things got hairy. CC got lit up in the fifth inning, and I was surprised manager Aaron Boone even let him finish the inning. But it happened so fast Boone most likely didn’t have time to get anyone warmed up.
Even the outs were hit hard. CC gave up a HR to Richie Martin (his first MLB HR) to lead off the inning. The next batter flied out deep to right. Then a double. Then a lineout that LeMahieu at third made a great play on. Then a HR. 7-5. Double. Single, but instead of it being 7-6, Gardner threw the runner out at the plate.
CC barely made it through 5 for the win, #249 of his career (tying Vic Willis on the all-time list), but his knee has been barking recently. It looks as if he will be getting a lubricating injection in the knee and will be going on the DL for a while. We’ll see if it’s just one start he misses, or more.
We’ll have to see who his replacement would be. Remember Loaisiga is out until August, and Paxton isn’t off the DL yet.
There was no further scoring in the game.
Baltimore is on pace to give up about 338 HR this season(!)
LeMahieu 2 hits, 2-run HR (4), .329
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Torres 2 solo HR (12) .302
Gardner 3 doubles, threw runner out at plate
Estrada 2 hits, 2-run HR (3), .316
CC (W, 3-1, 3.48) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.42
Ottavino (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.54
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 12.41
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.83.
I have to admit, there were a few things I was surprised at. One was Green in the eighth with the game close. Britton was unavailable. But Green, the way he’s pitched so far this year? But he did well and hopefully is turning the corner.
The other was the infield. I’d have moved LeMahieu to 1B (replacing Morales there) and put Urshela at 3B late in the game for defensive purposes (and Kenny Singleton suggested such on the WPIX TV broadcast) but that wasn’t done.
In other news: When the Yanks and Red Sox play 2 games (Boston “home” team) in London in late June, both will be wearing their home uniforms. The field will be astroturf. It’ll be 330′ down the lines, but only 385′ to CF with a 16′ high wall. Wembley Stadium may be a hitters’ ballpark.